"Sports" Challenge!

herdingcats&burningsoup
Alright dearlings. I'm going to host my first Reading Challenge!! 

We're gonna keep this pretty simple... 

~Read books with a hero/heroine that's into sports
~Review the book (on a blog or Goodreads)
~Link those reviews into our linky list each month
~and WIN prizes!!

    


The deets:
  • If you'd like to join in the goal is to read at least 6 "Sports" Romances in 2013 but you can read as many as you'd like!
  • Everyone's welcome to join! You either need to have a blog or Goodreads account to post your progress/reviews (both are FREE, if you need help setting up let me know)
  • The challenge begins 1/1/2013 and ends 12/31/2013. Yall can join up any time though!
  • There will be a post the 1st of each month here on herding cats & burning soup for you to link your reviews in for the the month. 
  • Books can be used in other challenges and ones in other challenges count here too as long as they're sports related!
  • Reviews in languages other than English are fine :)
  • You can participate each month or here and there :) Just have fun with it and stop by when you'd like!
  • Feel free to grab our button and add it to your sign up posts, blogs, reviews, etc
The Books:
  • The books don't have to be all about sports :)
  • Just a hero/heroine that is an athlete
  • Need some ideas?  Check out these Goodreads lists...
  • Can be ebook or print, Novella or full length, stand alone or part of a series, PNR/historical/contemporary, etc.
  • The sports: Auto racing, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, running, biking, etc. They're all fair game :)
Challenge Levels: 
  • The Tailgater:          6 books
  • Sports Lover:          12 books
  • The Die-Hard Fan:  26 books
  • Total sports nut!      52+ books
  


The Prizes: 
  • I think we'll do two giveaways with the event. If enough people join in and are linking up maybe a couple more!
  • There will be a 6 month giveaway
  • And a grand prize giveaway at the end! 
  • Each valid review you link up will count as an entry in the giveaways!

To Sign Up: 
  • Fill out the linky sign up below with your info!
  • Make a post about joining the challenge on your blog (or if you don't have a blog on FB, etc)
  • Let us know you're joining in!!
Got Questions? Let me know? 

66 comments:

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    1. Woohoo!!! Thanks for joining us :)

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    2. I'm gonna have to work on my booklist! :) Do re-reads count if we've never posted a review?

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    3. Sure! That would be perfectly fine :) I've got a couple of those that'll probably end up on my list too :)

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  2. Already I have no idea if have done it right. But I did post a link for the challenge on my facebook. I just don't know if I put the right thing in the linky thing. haha Anyway, I look forward to making the effort on sports featured books. I like them. Just don't usually get to many of them. Looking forward after the madness of the new year. :-) Thanks, Anna!
    lisakhutson at cox. net

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    1. Woohoo!!! Thanks for joining Lisa! Looks good to me and the links showing up :)

      I'm going for 6 books myself (and hopefully will fit a few extras in there). Hopefully it'll get me to finish up a couple of those series I've started and that have gotten away from me the last couple years LOL.

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  3. I signed up! Never done a challenge before :-) Maybe it will help me learn to write reviews lol

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    1. Yay! Welcome Penni!! So glad you're joining in :) You'll do great with the reviews :)

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  4. Okay, I'm going to think on this one for a bit. I don't want to sign up then not follow through. You know I've been dipping my toes into new genres but I'm still pretty hard core historical and I somehow don't think Jousting or sword swinging in battle will be a sport, LMAO! I am making a commitment to myself to give one of those books on the Goodreads list a try and if I like it, I will go ahead with this. It all sounds pretty fun. :)

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    1. LOL Leah good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! I'm sure I've said that before but it's just so awesome that you're willing to give it a try :)

      Hmmm. I'm wracking my brain trying to think of historicals that would fit. I'm sure there are some out there! Heck what about fencing? If he (or she) is a fencer that would so count! Jousters...hmmm...I think that could even work...maybe...LOL

      Hope your first foray into sports romance goes well!! I never thought I'd enjoy them but they won me over real quick :)

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    2. ^^ archery! it was also a sport

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  5. oki two questions first: can a book be used for your challenge as well as other ( or only yours)
    second: is the review count also in another language or only english book and review^^

    ( i'm interested but i don't have sport book i can think of but ^^ i saw those for fbi by julie james in the list not sure where the sport is included but i have those on my wish list so perhaps i could manage)

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    1. You're good on both counts Miki :) I'll add those both into the post but books can be used in other challenges no prob! And Reviews in other languages totally count!

      Hmmm. I've got those FBI ones on my list too! Not sure how they're sporty but I'm guessing one of them plays sports a good bit so works for me if they're on one of those lists :)

      Happy reading!

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  6. An interesting challenge since I already have some books with sport theme untouched. My question would be:
    1) Can I used your button on my blog for my reading challenge page?
    2) I have this page about reading challenges I entered on my blog, would that be counted or should I make a special post for this challenge only?

    Thanks for hosting the challenge. :)

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    1. Hey Diah Didi! Of course grab the button and use as you'd like :)

      For #2 yep either way you'd like to do it. On a page like I have my challenges or an actual post. I'm good with however you'd like to do it :)

      Thanks for joining us!!
      Anna

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    2. Great! I've posted it on my blog page. But I guess I sign up using my Goodreads account (at least for now) since most of the time I wrote review on Goodreads more often than on my blog. :D
      Thanks for answering, Anna.

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    3. No prob! Thanks again for joining :) And however you'd like to do it Goodreads/blog is great :)

      Merry almost Christmas!

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  7. Love the challenge! Should I make a list of the books?

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    1. Either way is perfectly fine :) You can do a pre picked list or just add em as you read em :) Whatever works for you!

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    2. Thank you :) I can't wait to start it!

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  8. woohoo! I know you told us about this days ago Anna, but with my crazy schedule lately, I've barely come to check it out >.< LOL sowie! Anyways, this should be fun, it'll get me to reading my PLAY BY PLAY series, FINALLY!! xD lol I should be set for the first month with those books, now to scour the worlds (Goodreads) for more naughty athletes ;)

    Neyra-

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    1. Oh goodness girl I totally get it. I'm running around like a madwoman!

      Yay! Thanks for joining!! I'm so excited :) Yep I'm gonna finish that series too! I'm thinking the Bella Andre ones are gonna have to make my list too.

      LOL @Naughty Athletes. There are some delicious ones out there. I've really enjoyed Erin McCarthy's race car drivers. They're some sexy sexy men :D

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    2. And it's the end of the year! Ohmygod! >.< lol. smh so much with so little time. always happens, right ? lol

      ^_^ You're welcome, I've been looking to do a reading challenge for a while now, and like I said to finish my jaci burton's. So thank YOU for hosting this :D Bella Andre? o.O *pops over to Goodreads* Oh... my my myyyyy!!! xD LOL I'm doing that too hopefully!

      o.O is that considered a sport? I can definitely add McCarthy's men to my list if that's the case :D woooh! *fans self* it's getting hot in here and we've yet to begun! >.< lol

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    3. LOL oh yeah it's TOTALLY a sport :) They're pretty good. I've read 3 of them I think and enjoyed em.

      hhh I've heard good about Bella Andre and yeah damn. I went over to goodreads and signed right up for those. I'm gonna have to find some others to read too I think :)

      Still can't believe only a week left to the year!! Seems like it was just JAN!! Oy. Anyways. Happy Christmas hun! And yay again for joining in :) I can't wait to start playing around with all the different challenges!

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  9. This will be my very first reading challenge. I'm so excited!

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    1. Woohoo!!! Yay thanks for joining us Tonya!! It's my first time hosting one so I'm pretty excited too!!

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  10. Awsome now I have something to do between classes next semester! Can not wait. This will be my first reading challenge and what better way then with sports!

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  11. Ok.....I screwed up! Got everything in except I should have put Pat F@Goodreads.......... My link goes nowhere. can you fix that, or do I delete and try again? HELP!
    Dummy here!

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    1. Hey Pat I can fix that I think :) Can you email me the link you'd like to acade29@gmail.com

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    2. Alright Pat I think I got you all fixed up :)

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  12. I just signed up! Can't wait to start this one :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. *squee* So glad to have ya Kimberly!! I can't wait to start it either. I've got my first book on the way from B&N right now!

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    2. OOOH which book is going to be your first?

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    3. Mmmmmm "Taking a Shot" book 3 in Jaci Burton's Play-by-Play series. Has my favoritest sexy cover. Ever. Fingers crossed he gets here today!

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    4. Mine will be the 3nd book in that series!! I loved book one :) and they do have some seriously smexy covers :D

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    5. Ooo book 2 was GOOD. I liked it even more than book 1 which really surprised me :)

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  13. Ahhh so excited!! I love sports romances, so this challenge is definitely up my alley! I recently downloaded all three of Jaci Burton's sport romances on my nook, so I can't wait to start off the new year with those :) Looking forward to completing this challenge!!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

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    1. OOoo yay Jessica!! Thanks for joining in :) I'm reading Burton's series for the challenge too! I just ordered book 3 and got notice it shipped :) Can't wait to hear what yall think about all the books!

      ~Anna

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  14. ^^ oki it's done i joined you ^^ not sure how long it will take me to find and read 6books that qualify but i fully planning to do my best

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    1. Yay Miki!! Any you do will be great :) It's just about having fun so no worries if you don't make it to 6 or if you blow that away and read 20! LOL

      Thanks for joining!

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  15. Sounds great to me I've actually read some of the books on the car list already.

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    1. Hey Sue! Thanks for joining us!! And for the heads up :) I'm playing around with things at the moment and it broke the link for it. It should be back up and going in the next hour.

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  16. Thanks for hosting! I'm really excited!
    Kelly @The Secret Bookworm

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    1. Welcome to the challenge Kelly! So glad you're joining us :) I'm really excited about it too! I've got my first book already waiting on the bedside table for the 1st. LOL

      Happy reading!

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  17. oki a question in storm by brigid kemmerer one of the brother is a soccer player, some scene are set on the soccer filed, we heard about the soccer team etc but the romance isn't centered on that so does it count or not?

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    1. Hmmm. Haven't read that one Miki but it sounds good to me. I say it counts :)

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    2. thank you ( i thought i could since the fbi one count and the sport isn't central either^^)

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  18. I'm so excited for this challenge! Thanks for hosting!

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  19. When the linky for the review will be up?

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    1. Hey Miki - It went up jan 1st. If you look over on the left of the blog towrds the top there's the sports graphic w/ the month 1 link up :) if you click that it'll take uou to the post and review link up.

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    2. Okay on a regular computer now so can add the link in :) I'm so not talented enough to do that through the cell phone.

      http://herdingcats-burningsoup.blogspot.com/2013/01/sports-romance-challenge-link-up-month.html

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    3. oki thank you a lot ^^;; i'm so tired i don't see what it's under my eyes ^^ ( sorry^^)

      i've found a lot of idea of title but so far i still haven't gotten a lot of books but i'm not giving up ^^ i wioll manage this challenge

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    4. Oh no worries at all! Hope you can get all caught up on sleep this weekend! And I'll keep posting the sporty ones as they show up. Hopefully they'll come out in the right formats too!

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  20. Count me in! :) I'll aim for level 1-the tailgater.

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    1. Hey VampedChik! Welcome and good luck! Let me know if you have any questions :)

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    2. i hope i have answered the majority of them already ^^

      oki a new one for me

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    3. Miki told me about this. :) But thanks I will let you know! :)

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  21. I read a lot of these, but the reviewing is killing me :))

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    1. LOL Aly I've been terrible with it. I keep forgetting to add mine to the list.

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